All-New, All-Different Marvel: What do we know? (part one)

Secret Wars is in full swing now, and the events in the main title and the many tie-ins are beginning to have long-term consequences. We still don’t know exactly how everything will turn out in Secret Wars, but over the last few weeks Marvel has been releasing teasers about the direction of the company.

Starting this fall, the “All-New, All-Different” Marvel will begin to debut. Announcements have included as many sixty (or more) individual series being launched or relaunched.

First I would like to comment on the earliest developments and announcements.

All-New All-Different Avengers

The earliest view we were given of the All-New, All-Different Marvel was one of this year’s Free Comic Book Day giveaways.

FCBD2015_AllNewAvengersAll-New All-Different Avengers #0 gave us a sneak peak at the Avengers following Secret Wars. The membership included a few veterans: Tony Stark’s Iron Man, Sam Wilson’s Captain America, and the Vision. It also included a few young rookies: Miles Morales’s [formerly Ultimate] Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel, and Nova.

The inclusion of a racially and sexually diverse group of cross-generational superheroes in the company’s flagship team shows a new direction for Marvel. This may have been part of the reason for the cataclysmic Secret Wars and the launch of the All-New All-Different Marvel in the first place.

All-New All-Different Marvel Previews

On 1 July 2015 Marvel will release All-New All-Different Marvel Previews, a 64-page magazine with more complete details on this fall’s launches.

The teaser images

Within 24 hours in the first week of June, Marvel released two teaser images for the All-New, All-Different Marvel.

The first image builds on what was already known. Five-sixths of the Avengers revealed on Free Comic Book Day are in this image: Iron Man, Captain America, Vision, Spider-Man (Miles Morales), and Ms. Marvel.

We also see several other characters who are widely known from past and future Marvel Studios movies and TV shows: S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson, Black Panther, Captain America (Steve Rogers), and Ant-Man.

The new Thor (Jane Foster) also shows up, so we know that Marvel is not reversing any of its recent changes.

In addition to the former Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales, we also see several other Spider-folk: the original Spider-Man (presumably Peter Parker), Spider-Gwen, and Spider-Woman.

Rounding out this image is Red Wolf, a 19th-century character who will presumably be merging into the Marvel Universe, another testament to Marvel’s commitment to much-needed diversity.

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The second image also includes Iron Man, front and center, in exactly the same armor and pose. We might conclude that this is also Tony Stark. However, Secret Wars currently has two living Tony Starks.

This Guardians of the Galaxy have a strong presence: Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon both appear. Interestingly the Fantastic Four’s Thing (Ben Grimm) also appears, wearing a Guardians of the Galaxy uniform. Those who are familiar with the Fantastic Four’s origin should not be entirely surprised by this development. Ben Grimm is, after all, the astronaut who flew the Fantastic Four into the cosmic rays that gave them their powers in the first place. A return to space does not seem too extraordinary.

Another Fantastic Four character also appears in this image: Human Torch. Details about the upcoming series Uncanny Inhumans reveals that the Human Torch has joined the Inhumans. Notably missing, however, is Mr. Fantastic.

The Inhumans are also represented by Medusa and Karnak (the hooded character). That is, of course, unless Medusa is there to represent A-Force, another new title. (More on that later.) The Inhumans have been playing a larger role in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series, though we have yet to meet the royal family. They may not appear until the upcoming Inhumans film. Other Marvel Studios characters appearing in this image are Daredevil (Netflix series) and Dr. Strange (upcoming film).

We also see two Wolverines. X-23 (Logan’s clone) is wearing a costume reminiscent of, if not identical to, the original yellow-and-blue Wolverine costume. Logan is not in costume, but has the appearance of “Old Man Logan” as he is currently appearing in the Secret Wars tie-in of the same name. This Old Man Logan has just entered a territory with a full cadre of X-Men (including their own Logan) so who knows what will happen with that. Tie-in series E is for Extinction and Inferno will also directly affect the X-teams. Beyond the appearance of Wolverine(s) in this image, no other news about the future of the X-Men has been released.

Finally, the image is rounded out by a few lesser known characters. Hyperion, from the Squadron Supreme/Squadron Sinister is currently clearing out a number of Battleworld counterparts in Squadron Sinister. We don’t know which one this is, other than the announcement that this fall will see a Squadron Supreme series debut. Also appearing in the image are Citizen V from the Thunderbolts and Dr. Spectrum from the Great Society.

 

To be continued …

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Review: Uncanny Avengers (2015) nos. 1–5

Uncanny Avengers (2015) # 1–5
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Daniel Acuna

The High Evolutionary has always been one of my favorite and, in my humble opinion, far underused super villains. The last major storyline that he played a part in, as far as I can recall, was the “Evolutionary War” storyline that ran through the 1988 Marvel annuals.

The High Evolutionary left Earth for Counter-Earth (a duplicate planet sharing Earth’s orbit but always on the opposite side of the Sun) years ago. This five-issue mini-series follows Quicksilver on a trip to Counter-Earth in search of the true origins of his sister Scarlet Witch, and himself. A joint team of X-Men (Rogue, Sabretooth) and Avengers (Vision, Scarlet Witch, Captain America, Doctor Voodoo) pursue him to Counter-Earth.

There, the Unity Division is separated. Some are captured and others discover that the High Evolutionary has continue to develop the New Men, building and destroying entire civilizations in his quest for evolutionary perfection. The few survivors of this periodic mass extinction have set up a camp for themselves, under the leadership of one who calls himself the Low Evolutionary. The High Evolutionary has also created a super-powered woman named Luminous.

There are a number of interesting subplots among the various separated heroes as they work their way back together for the final battle with the High Evolutionary in issue 5. This review will not spoil everything, so please check out the issues on your own.

The “big reveal” of the series concerns the true origins of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. They are not the children of Magneto, though you can probably guess. Unlike some of the fan theories, they are not Inhumans either.

Another interesting aspect: there are a few interactions that may hint toward a new relationship between the Vision and the Scarlet Witch. Nothing is overt, and it might just be indicative of their friendship, but it might be indicative of something more.

I enjoyed the entire series. The story is fairly strong, though some of the subplots seem like filler material with no long-term effects. The art is very well done as well. Highly recommended.

#1 Published: January 28, 2015 Cover Artist: Daniel Acuna
#1 Published: 28 Jan. 2015
Cover Artist: Daniel Acuna
#2 Published: 25 Feb. 2015 Cover Artist: Daniel Acuna
#2 Published: 25 Feb. 2015
Cover Artist: Daniel Acuna
#3 Published: 1 Apr. 2015
Cover Artist: Daniel Acuna
#4 Published: 13 May 2015 Cover Artist: Leinil Francis Yu
#4 Published: 13 May 2015
Cover Artist: Leinil Francis Yu
#5 Published: 24 Jun. 2015 Cover Artist: Kris Anka
#5 Published: 24 Jun. 2015
Cover Artist: Kris Anka

All of the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Funko Pops

7/1/2015: Updated to include the tenth wave.

Over the past few weeks Funko has unveiled a number of exclusive releases for the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, being held 9–12 July. We at ClutterStuff won’t be there (being clear on the other coast), but we would like to let everyone know about all of the exclusive Pop vinyl figures. Funko has also announced a number of other exclusives in their other toy lines, but only the Pops are listed in this post.

The “waves” below are the order in which Funko announced the exclusives.

Wave One (announced 8 June 2015)

Futurama: Gold Bender
Futurama: Gold Bender
Inside Out: Sparkle Hair Sadness
Inside Out: Sparkle Hair Sadness
Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor (Spacesuit)
Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor (Spacesuit)
X-Force Deadpool's Chimichanga Truck
X-Force Deadpool’s Chimichanga Truck

Wave Two (announced 10 June 2015)

Avengers: Age of Ultron: Captain America Unmasked
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Captain America Unmasked
Dragon Ball Z: Golden Frieza
Dragon Ball Z: Golden Frieza
Supernatural: French Mistake Castiel
Supernatural: French Mistake Castiel
Cars: Dinoco Lightning McQueen
Cars: Dinoco Lightning McQueen

Wave Three (announced 12 June 2015)

Ted 2: Flocked Ted (with remote)
Ted 2: Flocked Ted (with remote)
Inside Out: Flamehead Anger
Inside Out: Flamehead Anger
Hanna Barbera: Lil’ Gruesome (Orange)
Hanna Barbera: Lil’ Gruesome (Orange)
Friday the 13th: Jason Voorhees Unmasked
Friday the 13th: Jason Voorhees Unmasked

Wave Four (announced 15 June 2015)

Penguins of Madagascar: Cheesy Skipper
Penguins of Madagascar: Cheesy Skipper
Ant-Man: Black Out Ant-Man
Ant-Man: Black Out Ant-Man
Big Hero 6: 6" Baymax Unmasked
Big Hero 6: 6″ Baymax Unmasked
Hanna-Barbera: Lil' Gruesome (Green)
Hanna-Barbera: Lil’ Gruesome (Green)

Wave Five (announced 17 June 2015)

Star Wars: Chrome C-3PO Gold
Star Wars: Chrome C-3PO Gold
American Horror Story: Freak Show: Twisty Unmasked
American Horror Story: Freak Show: Twisty Unmasked
Orphan Black: Parka Helena
Orphan Black: Parka Helena
Hanna-Barbera: Lil' Gruesome (Yellow)
Hanna-Barbera: Lil’ Gruesome (Yellow)

Wave Six (announced 19 June 2015)

Inside Out: Sparkle Hair Joy
Inside Out: Sparkle Hair Joy
Sesame Street: 6" Flocked Mr. Snuffleupagus
Sesame Street: 6″ Flocked Mr. Snuffleupagus
Once Upon A Time: Regina
Once Upon A Time: Regina

Wave Seven (announced 22 June 2015)

Star Wars: Princess Leia [Boushh Unmasked]
Star Wars: Princess Leia [Boushh Unmasked]
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Grinning Ultron
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Grinning Ultron
Hanna-Barbera: Lil' Gruesome (Red)
Hanna-Barbera: Lil’ Gruesome (Red)
Guardians of the Galaxy: Nova Rocket with Potted Groot
Guardians of the Galaxy: Nova Rocket with Potted Groot

Wave Eight (announced 24 June 2015)

Hannibal: Bryan Fuller
Hannibal: Bryan Fuller
Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor holding Cyberman Head
Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor holding Cyberman Head
Frozen: Barbershop Quartet Olaf
Frozen: Barbershop Quartet Olaf
The Flash: The Flash Unmasked
The Flash: The Flash Unmasked

Wave Nine (announced 26 June 2015)

The Arrow: Unmasked
The Arrow: Unmasked
Big Hero 6: Transluscent Glitter Emoticon Baymax
Minions: Gone Batty
Minions: Gone Batty
Tangled: Frying Pan Rapunzel and Red Pascal
Tangled: Frying Pan Rapunzel and Red Pascal

Wave Ten (announced 29 June 2015)

Batman v Superman 2-pack
Batman v Superman 2-pack
Breaking Bad: Blue Crystal Heisenberg
Breaking Bad: Blue Crystal Heisenberg

Which ones are your favorites?

Mission Unboxable – Unboxing (24 June 2015)

This is a great box for fun and educational family activities. Mission Unboxable describes itself like this:

Science spy kits and top secret missions mailed to a child’s front door every month! Secret missions include spy gear, disguise kits, fingerprint analysis, decoders, get-away cars, target practice, bird watching (yes, bird watching), bouncy balls and much, much more!

To order Mission Unboxable, visit their Store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/MissionUnboxable

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You can also visit/follow their other sites:

Website/Blog: http://www.missionunboxable.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mission-Unboxable/571314772911132
Twitter: @missionunboxabl

Comics haul & Walking Dead mystery mini unboxing (24 June 2015) #NCBD

Here is our latest haul of new comics & back issues. Follow the links below the video to purchase some of these issues at 10% off.

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New releases:

Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies (Marvel) no. 1

Fight Club 2 (Dark Horse Comics) no. 2

Uncanny Avengers (Marvel) no. 5

Secret Wars (Marvel) no. 2 – Cover C Variant (Yasmine Putri)

Back issues:

Hit-Girl (Icon Comics) no. 1

Hit-Girl (Icon Comics) no. 2

Hulk (Marvel) no. 11 – Ed McGuinness Wolverine Art Appreciation Variant

Hulk (Marvel) no. 13

House of M: Avengers (Marvel) no. 1

iZombie (DC/Vertigo) no. 25

Review: Ink Master, season 6, ep. 1 (23 June 2015) [SPOILERS]

“Meet Your Maker”

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This season features 18 artists: nine pairs of masters and their apprentices. The competitors include Chris Blinston (master), Tyler Nolan (apprentice); Big Ceeze (master), Kito (apprentice); Miami Burgess (master), Craig Foster (apprentice); Erik Campbell (master), Marisa LaRen (apprentice); MV (master), Brian Stephens (apprentice); Matt O’Baugh (master), Katie McGowan (apprentice); Earl Noble (master), Dave Clarke (apprentice); St. Marq (master), Ryan Hadley (apprentice); Kruseman (master), and Duffy Fortner (apprentice). Some of these pairs currently work together, some do not; some are competing, some are working together.

inkmaster_s6_meetcast-2In the first challenge, master and apprentice competed head-to-head on a tattoo design that they chose and agreed upon. The judges critiqued the tattoos without knowing who did which one. The results were almost split down the middle: about half of the winners were the masters and about half were the apprentices.

Only the losers of the first challenge competed in the elimination challenge. Each artist was assigned a canvas, and was instructed to do whatever they wanted. Kito had an immediate disadvantage when his canvas decided that he didn’t want to risk a bad tattoo and walked out of the competition. Kito then decided to tattoo himself. There were a few very good tattoos and a few bad ones. Unlike previous seasons, though, none were horrible.

This year, the human canvas jury was given a new “power.” In addition to voting an artist into the bottom, the canvas with the “worst tattoo” would also attend the elimination ceremony to provide some comments. The jury voted Duffy’s cartoon squirrel, which received positive feedback from the judges, as the worst—even over the objections of the canvas herself. In this reviewer’s opinion, this is one of the weaknesses of “democratic” judging: the jury voted Duffy’s tattoo the worst based solely on their own individual tastes rather than on the skill displayed. The judges themselves said that they would never have voted Duffy into the bottom.

The other three artists that were called to the elimination ceremony were Brian Stephens, Chris Blinston, and Ryan Hadley. Brian was eliminated.

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